Python escapes pet shop, 2 boys killed

python Python escapes pet shop, 2 boys killed

Campbellton, Canada – A python escaped from its enclosure at a pet store in Canada, slithered through a ventilation system into an upstairs apartment, killing two young boys as they slept.

The boys, aged five and seven, were visiting the apartment of a friend above Reptile Ocean Inc, an exotic pet store in Campbellton, New Brunswick, said Royal Canadian Mounted Police Constable Julie Rogers-Marsh.

Police arrived at the apartment around 6.30am and found the two boys dead. A friend of the boys was sleeping in another room and was unharmed, Rogers-Marsh said. She said the owner of the pet store lived in the apartment.

Rogers-Marsh said the snake escaped from its enclosure sometime during the night and was believed to have made its way into the apartment through the ventilation system.

“It’s believed the two boys were strangled by the snake,” she said.

The snake was captured and is in the possession of police, Rogers-Marsh said. Calls to the pet store were not returned yesterday.

Rogers-Marsh said autopsies were to be performed on the two victims today. She couldn’t confirm whether the two boys were related.

“It’s very, very unusual and very tragic and difficult for everyone involved,” Rogers-Marsh said.

The town’s deputy mayor, Ian Comeau, said Reptile Ocean was licensed to operate and “everything was according to our bylaws, to the provincial guidelines”.

The deaths of the boys have been “a shock … it is unbelievable,” Comeau said yesterday evening. Comeau said he saw alligators, crocodiles and snakes when he toured the shop with the fire department about two years ago.

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